In kids’ count, Obama wins election

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Nearly a quarter of a million students cast their ballots in a national Scholastic Student Vote, with a majority supporting the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Obama had a six-point lead over Mitt Romney in the contest sponsored by Scholastic Classroom Magazines.

The voting is conducted every four years through paper ballots in the magazine and online at www.scholastic.com/election.

The final results were Obama, 51 percent; Romney, 45 percent; and other, 4 percent.

The other included write-in candidates: Republicans such as Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, John McCain and Paul Ryan; Green Party candidate Jill Stein; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and also Mom and Dad.

The student vote first took place before the 1940 presidential election, and has been held every presidential election year since then with the outcome reflecting that of the general election in every contest but two – in 1948 students chose Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman and in 1960 more students voted for Richard M. Nixon than John F. Kennedy.

“The students have made their voices heard once again, and it proved to be a tight race,” said Elliott Rebhun, editor of Scholastic’s Social Studies Classroom Magazines. “The Scholastic Student Vote shows us that students are engaged and excited about the election, and has provided classroom teachers with a tool to bring current events to life and teach students about our country’s democratic process. While these students are not old enough to vote in the general election, it is a part of Scholastic’s mission to provide kids with the information they need to become good citizens – and to become informed future voters.”

In Wisconsin, Obama won with 50 percent of the vote to Romney’s 47 percent.

For other state by state results, go to http://magazines.scholastic.com/election-2012.